A Dundonald man with 125 convictions was jailed yesterday for trying to break into two stores.
Gary Dunbar, from Reaville Park, was on bail when he attempted to burgle Tesco on the Castlereagh Road in Belfast, and Homebase at Drumkeen Retail Park.
The 41-year-old appeared at Belfast Crown Court via video-link from Maghaberry Prison. He was handed a two-year sentence which was divided equally between custody and licence by Judge Donna McColgan QC.
Although no details of Dunbar's offending were given, he pleaded guilty to two charges of attempted burglary on May 9, 2019. He also admitted driving an Audi TT with no insurance at Drumkeen on the same date.
Judge McColgan said that after reading defence statement, it was clear Dunbar had a troubled childhood, and that "alcohol and drugs have played a large role in his life for a considerable time."
Branding Dunbar's criminal record as "significant", the judge noted he is serving four years for unrelated offences, and is due for release in June 2022.